City Council Sets Petitioned Sidewalk Public Hearing
A public hearing for the City Council to consider rescinding the ordering of all petitioned sidewalks has been set. The hearing on January 5 will address the future of 11 sidewalk projects previously ordered by the Council that were requested through petitions by area property owners. Council members have said they want to change the amount each affected property owner will have to pay from $5 per front foot to $35 per front foot for the seven least expensive projects currently on the petitioned construction list. Find out why and what happens to the projects if the Council does rescind its approval.
Police Department to Use $100,000 Grant to Address Crime in Northeast Central Durham
The Durham Police Department is continuing its work to reduce crime and violence in Northeast Central Durham. The department will use a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a plan for using best practice strategies in dealing with crime hot spot problems. The plan will also focus on social disorder, language barriers, re-entry, at-risk youth and trust between the community and police.
City Government Announces New Online Job Application System
Applying for a job with the City is about to get easier. Beginning January 1, Durham will launch a new online application system called NEOGOV. Through the system, applicants will no longer have to complete a paper application or multiple applications for various positions. One completed online profile is all that’s needed. To make the change, the City will temporarily stop accepting new applications from December 15-31 in order to transfer existing postings to the new system.
Durham City and County Forging Open Data Partnership
Durham City and County are working together to make public information more readily available. The two governments are in the beginning stages of an open data partnership that will lay the groundwork for businesses, non-profits, journalists, universities and residents to access and use public information more easily through a single online source. Plans are underway for a joint work plan and project framework, with a projected site launch date of summer 2015.
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